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Heavenly rated 17th by SKI Magazine

Staff report

A year after receiving its highest ranking ever, Heavenly Mountain Resort slipped five spots in this year’s Top 50 Resort Guide published by SKI Magazine.

Heavenly, which was ranked 12th last year, came in 17th this year. Despite the drop, the South Shore resort still is the highest-ranked Tahoe ski area in North America. Squaw was ranked 20th and Alpine Meadows 30th.

Vail (Colo.) was ranked No. 1 overall and is followed in the top-5 by Deer Valley (Utah), Snowmass (Colo.), Whistler/Blackcomb (Canada) and Park City (Utah).

About 6,000 Ski Magazine subscribers of at least two years responded to the survey, which included 18 different categories. Heavenly received top-10 rankings in apres-ski, scenery and off-hill activities.

For a complete list of the rankings, pick up the latest copy of SKI Magazine or visit http://www.skinet.com.

Boreal receives high ranking

Boreal Mountain Resort on Donner Summit has one of the top-10 terrain parks in North America, according to a Fuel TV poll. Boreal is the only Tahoe-area resort ranked in the survey.

In addition to its superb park, Boreal will offer the area’s first snow experience of the 2006-07 winter season. With machine-made snow, the second annual Jibassic Pro Rail Invitational is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14 near the resort’s main lodge.

After the competition will be the premier of Standard Film’s “Draw The Line.” Admission is free to both events. For more information, visit http://www.jibassicpark.com or http://www.rideboreal.com.

Squaw offers free tickets

For the fourth consecutive year, Squaw Valley will offer free lift tickets to active military personnel every day throughout the 2006-2007 winter season. Squaw Valley founder Alex Cushing, who recently passed away, fought in World War II while serving for the U.S. Navy.

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